Marley documentary refused music license

March 22, 2008 at 12:10 PM

NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) -- Hollywood studio Weinstein Co. has been unable to obtain the rights to Bob Marley's music for an upcoming documentary on the reggae singer.

Blue Mountain Music president Chris Blackwell says members of the late Jamaican singer's family have refused to grant the film studio the music rights since another documentary is currently in the works, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Blackwell says film producer Steven Bing is prepping a Marley documentary through his Shangri La banner and is working with Tuff Gong Pictures, which is owned by the Marley family.

"The Weinstein project has put the documentary into jeopardy," Blackwell said.

Ziggy Marley, son of the famed "Stir It Up" singer, told the Reporter his family granted the Shangri La production the music license as it presented the best representation of Marley's life.

"We believe that this project is the best way to represent our father's life from his perspective, and any other film project pertaining to our father will be empty without his music to support it," he said.

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